HOUSTON – The Houston Texans season opener on Sunday at NRG Stadium will be memorable in more ways than one. It will be the team's first game since Hurricane Harvey.
The Texans have several special events planned to pay tribute to Harvey victims, first responders and the city of Houston as a whole.
During the pre-game ceremony, a moment of silence will be held for those who lost their lives during the storm.
Country music star and Texas native Clay Walker will perform the national anthem. Challenger, an American bald eagle, will fly through the stadium during the anthem.
First responders from the Sugar Land Police and Fire Departments, Pasadena Fire Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office will participate as Texas flag holders.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez will lead the team onto the field as Homefield Advantage Captains. They will be joined by Alexrad owner Adam Brackman, one of the many volunteers who helped saved flood victims during the height of the storm.
Members of the Houston police and fire departments will line the player tunnel with the Houston Texans cheerleaders during player introductions.
Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Sylvester Turner will be the coin toss captains.
Houston Strong T-shirts will be sold at the game and the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross. The Houston Texans Foundation's silent auction will benefit the United Way Relief Fund.
This is the annual Liberty White Out game, where fans are asked to wear white like the players.
The Texans host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff is at noon.